June 30, 2015

June 7, 2015

Grey Town, Lilith, etc.


Sometimes I feel like I'm living in that grey town in C.S. Lewis' Great Divorce. I become more and more specific in what I like that everything outside of that narrow window is completely uninteresting to me. And this pushes me away from other people and closer to myself. I think it's a good thing for an artist, but very bad for a person. And since I am both (in a lose sense),  it's hard to find the right balance. Sometimes I think I've found it and then I sink into a reclusive state for days on end and feel somewhat crushed by my own... well, I don't know what really. My own tastes? My own self? But it's hard to want to continue relationships with people when all you ever had in common with them was drinking a little more than one should. I think it's important to continually experience new things, learn and grow. But I don't think that necessarily means taking on new friends and relationships and more than one can manage. Life!

This Friday the C.S. Lewis Society will be discussing George MacDonald's Lilith. I've just started reading it. So far it is my favorite thing I've ever read by MacDonald. Almost has a Great Divorce feel to it.

June 5, 2015

Roland SH-5 Computer Section


Interesting that the CV & Gate inputs and outputs of a Roland SH-5 are under the heading of "COMPUTER".

Corita Kent


I'm really obsessed with Corita Kent right now. Thanks to René Pérez for introducing me! Here is a terrific little documentary about her and her artwork:




I love when she says "I think assignments are limitations and helpful in so far as they are limitations because they allow you to do something instead of everything. Assignments make a choice and say 'work within this area' and that in a sense frees you, you are free not to do everything."

I've always agreed with that logic. And it's one of the reasons I make music the way I do. There is a real freedom in working within limitations. Because you are free to do "something instead of everything". No one could ever do everything! So, it's nice to narrow your aperture and do "something" really well. And I think the eloquent way she explains this is great for young people and students to understand and appreciate the idea of an assignment, rather than to dislike it. 









Rosy Thomas' Production Design for Look Around You

I don't know if you know of this show Look Around You. It is really wonderful. Here's a little clip from one of my favorite episodes, MATHS:



Anyway, I just stumbled upon Rosy Thomas' website and saw these terrific still shots of the production design she did for the series. She really nailed it!






See more at her website: